Greystone Literary is Back in Business

I first met literary ageny Michael Mancilla in New York in 2007.  He founded a cool, newer agency called Greystone, but the agency closed after a few years.  Fortunately, it has recently reopened.  Michael specializes in nonfiction and is looking for good writers. 

Greystone Literary Agency


437 New York Ave. NW, No. 211, Washington DC 20001. (202)234-2299. E-mail: mike@greystonelit.com. Web site: www.greystonelit.com. Contact: Michael Mancilla. This agency is dedicated to both cultivating the voices and perspectives of the authors it represents and acting as a liaison to the publishing community. Seeking new and established writers. Prior to opening his agency, Mr. Mancilla trained with literary agent Peter Rubie via New York University’s publishing program. He is also a nonfiction author who earned a Lambda literary award nomination for his writing. Established: 2003. Represents 15 clients. 25% of clients are new/unpublished writers. Currently Handles: 100% Nonfiction Books and Scholarly Books.

Nonfiction subjects of interest: Agriculture, Animals, Archaeology, Biography, Parenting, Computers/Electronic. Current Affairs, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Interests, Health, History, Interior design/decorating, Juvenile nonfiction, Language/Literature, Money/Finance, Music/Dance, Nature, Photography, Popular Culture, Psychology, Religious/Inspirational, Science, Self-Help.

How to Contact: Query with SASE. Accepts e-mail queries. No fax queries. Responds in 3 weeks to queries. Responds in 6 weeks to manuscripts. Does not return submissions. Actively seeking: narrative nonfiction by recognized leaders in their field. Also encourage submissions by journalists who want to expand beyond magazine and newspaper writing. Does not want to receive memoirs.  Agent receives 15% commission on domestic sales; 20% commission on foreign sales. Offers written contract. Binding time: 1-year. Charges for postage and photocopying. Writers’ Conferences: BookExpo America; Washington Independent Writers Conference. Tips: “To write is human, to edit is divine. I also want to know why you are the best person to write this book and I encourage authors with good writing skills to consider pairing up with an expert in the field as either a coauthor or to write the foreward.”

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